I have a love/hate relationship with mascara. I have wimpy lashes that have been coated with almost every formula that promises major length and/or fat volume. I have tried a mascara from every price point. There have been some winners and some very poor losers. Being the beauty addict that I am, I do love trying all of these mascaras but when certain formulas and brands fail me I feel like a huge sucker for buying into the hype. Just because you have a pricey tube in your shopping cart doesn’t mean you’ll get that fake lash look without the fake lashes. And yes, fake lashes are used in mascara ads regularly because nobody has natural lashes like that unless you are a freak of beauty nature! And if you are, we hate you. Just kidding, consider yourself lucky while we admire your gorgeous lashes from across the room because that’s how far they can be noticed.
My puny lashes are pictured above. From across the room, I’m pretty sure it looks like I don’t have any. Yes, I have considered the pricey lash extension route but honestly, I can’t afford to add another beauty luxury in my maintenance program.
Recently, I came pretty close to achieving that fake lash look with a mascara from a brand I often forget about, sadly – Trish McEvoy’s High Volume Mascara.
It’s a tubular mascara that forms water resistant tubes 360 degrees around each individual lash. Mascara tube is 5 g / .18 oz and retails for $30/USD.
Here are the ingredients if you are interested: Water, acrylates/ethylhexel copolymer, glyceryl stearate se, ceteth-15, alco- hol, stearic acid, nylon-6, carnauba, copernicia cerifera wax, pvp, phe- noxyethanol, methylparaben, potas- sium hydroxide, butylparaben, propylparaben, laureth-21, jojoba buxus chinensis oil, squalane, sodium dehy- droacetate, silica, iron oxides, titanium dioxide. And, it’s not tested on animals.
At first, I was baffled – how was a thin and skinny wand like this going to give me High Volume?
But it is genius! After wiping off excess (something I often do forget to do) start at the base and wiggle from side to side as you move the wand to the tip of your lashes. I do use a eyelash curler first but I discovered that it still gives a decent curl if you choose not to use a curler.
So once again here’s a before:
And here’s an after shot:
I like that this lengthens my lashes as far as they can extend, however I just wished that it gave me a bit more volume and plush. But it does give a natural volume look. When it dries, within minutes, it stays and I haven’t experienced any smudging or flaking. So I can’t complain much about it.
However, removing is another topic. Yes, this mascara magically comes off with just warm water but you have to do some work. I’m a makeup remover soaked cotton ball kind of gal and this mascara does require me to spend a few minutes gently rolling the tubes off my lashes. If you do this too fast, you risk losing some lashes in the process so be gentle. If you are impatient like me or hate the nightly routine of washing your face, this may be quite tedious. However, if you happen to have an impromptu sleepover at your boyfriend’s or new lover’s pad, this mascara will still look good in the morning since it’s basically smudge proof.
I do like this mascara a lot but the removal process makes me think twice about repurchasing but I can train myself to be patient. My lashes do look pretty awesome!
Trish McEvoy High Volume is available at all fine department stores that carries the line.
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